Film Festivals, Spanish Celebrations, and More:
Classroom Without Walls Round-Up

Classroom Without Walls (CWOW) is a program which is aptly named: quite literally, we are extending the classroom beyond the normal confines of four walls and a strict timetable. Students delve into extended inquiry, real world application, and deeper exploration of curricular topics.


Grade 6 iPad Film Festival
Interview with Ms. Cindy Hops

What did you do?
The students have been learning to write engaging stories with a hook, a climax, and an ending. They have been engaged in character development, show not tell, and the use of literary devices. In keeping with the Halloween season, we invited the students to collaborate on the creation of a spooky story that transforms a benign, familiar object into a source of mystery and takes the audience on a journey into the unknown.

Once that story has been written, the students bring it to life through the use of i-movie. As a team, they embrace the challenge of writing, directing, collaborating, filming, editing, and performing the tale on campus.

What was the group's favourite part of the day?
The culmination of the day is watching the film festival created by the these aspiring Grade 6 movie makers and the joyful openness with which they shared their successes and their bloopers.

Best story from the day?
The greatest part of this exercise was the passion and independence with which students insisted upon working through their breaks in the name of their art. It was also a delight to hear their voices and screams fill the North Forest as they transformed this resource into the playground of their imagination.

What one thing were students surprised to learn?
The students were surprised to learn how much planning, thought and effort is required to transform an idea into a 3-5 minute film.



Grade 7 Writing Contest
Interview with Ms. Marie Devantier

What did you do?
In the morning, Grade 7 participated in writing activities such as 'roll-up stories' and 'patchwork poetry' to warm them up for the students writing a 450-word submission for the Polar Expressions Short Fiction Student Contest.

What was the group's favourite activity?
The group enjoyed when they read the 'roll-up stories' aloud, so we could laugh at the often random and silly stories.

Grade 7 Spanish Celebration
Interview with Mrs. Joyce Villadiego

What did you do?
In the afternoon, Grade 7 students continued from last year learning about the popular Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, el Día de los Muertos. El Dia de los Muertos is a celebration where family remembers of the relatives who have passed away take part in traditions that focus on the joy of their lives. With the guidance of Senora Donovan's Spanish Ab initio 11 students, students rotated between four stations that engaged them to try traditional hot chocolate, make the flower of cempasuchil, create a calavera mask, and decorate their altars with papel picado. Students also watched the Book of Life, a fun movie that displays all the different aspect of this celebration.

What was the group's favourite part of the day?
Their favourite station was the food station, where they tried the different taste of Mexican Hot Chocolate, which includes spices. In that station, they also played KAHOOT based on what they learned.



Grade 8 Poetry Workshop
Interview with Miss Marie Payne

What did you do?
We began with a cut-up poetry exercise designed to get the brain moving. We watched videos of songs written for Remembrance Day and brainstormed words and feelings we thought were appropriate. Finally, we wrote poems for the Legion Writing Contest.

What was the group's favourite part of the day?
It was fun to make up our own cut-up magazine poems in our groups. It was also neat to write for a competition for the Legion. Real veterans are going to read our poetry, and some of us may be chosen to read for our school Remembrance Day Ceremony in November.

Best story from the day?
It was pretty funny when Miss Payne read our warm-up poems out loud. Our friends are funny and creative.

What one thing were students surprised to learn?
Poetry is challenging to write well. We were often searching for the "right" words to convey what we wanted. We were also excited to have others read what we were proud of.

Grade 8 Food Festival
Interview with Ms. Joyce Villadiego

What did you do?
TLP, French, and Spanish 8 students learned about food culture. French students created presentations about different celebrations in French, and Spanish students created posters about different countries in Spanish. All students brought in foods according to their research.



Grade 10 Mini Musicals
Interview with Mr. Rhys Clarke

What did you do?
The students prepared a mini musical which were performed at the end of the day. There were three different songs which separate groups prepared for this final performance.

What was the group's favourite activity?
The final performance was definitely a highlight.

Best story from the day?
Watching soloists get over the awkwardness of performing by themselves.

What one thing were students surprised to learn?
How to effectively blend music with stage acting.



Grade 11 Math and Language Activities

What did you do?
In the morning, students in Math Studies started off by doing some Math, were introduced to their Math projects, and then watched Hidden Figures, a movie about a female mathematician at NASA. Students in Math SL and HL were intrduced to their cartooning project, which is a practical application of their unit on functions. They started work on their cartoon projects.

In the afternoon, students in Spanish SL did an interactive oral activityu, while students in Spanish ab initio taught the Grade 7 students about dia des los Muertos and the traditional food, clothing, altars, and art. Students in French practiced writing a long paper.



Grade 12 Business, History, and Practice Provincials

What did you do?
In the morning, students wrote a practice English Provincial.

In the afternoon, Business students had individual meetings with Ms. Tao to work on their Internal Assessments. History students played a revision game and then had time to work on their Internal Assessments.